GSTC 2023

Viktoria Urban

SpaceX launches new business segment Starshield

SpaceX has launched its new business segment called Starshield satellite services designed for US national security government use. The service will utilize the Starlink constellation technology to support national security efforts focus on three areas. These comprise Earth observation, communications, and hosted payloads.

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Southern Launch and ATSpace to launch two Kestrel I rockets in December

Rocket manufacturer ATSpace has confirmed the company is ready to launch two of their Kestrel I rockets before the end of the year with the Australian Space Agency's permission, launch services and rocket subsystems provider Southern Launch said.  ATSpace and Southern Launch, are planning to launch the VS02 and VS03 missions from the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex in December. 

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GMV joins forces with Lockheed Martin to develop SouthPAN system

Multinational technology firm GMV has signed an agreement with aerospace, arms, defense, information security, and technology corporation Lockheed Martin, to develop the processing and control centers for the Southern Positioning Augmentation Network system (SouthPAN), GMV said. SouthPAN is a joint effort of the Australian and New Zealand governments to provide a satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) for navigation and precise point positioning services. 

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OroraTech raises €15 million to expand its thermal-infrared climate solutions portfolio

Space-based thermal-infrared data intelligence company OroraTech, has extended its Series A round with €15 million from private investors and public sector co-funding, the company said. OroraTech will use the funding to launch its second space-based thermal-infrared camera in May next year to expand its climate solutions portfolio.

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EOS wins two US Government space contracts

Electro Optic Systems’ subsidiary, EOS Defense Systems USA (EOSDS USA) has been awarded two contracts by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) government agency’s Office of Space Commerce, EOS said. The first of these contracts will enable commercial satellite laser ranging (SLR) data for NOAA’s Open Architecture Data Repository. Meanwhile, the second contract will provide passive electro-optical observations. 

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NASA awards ICON US $57.2 million contract for lunar surface construction system

Advanced construction technologies and large-scale 3D printing company ICON, has been awarded a US $57.2 million contract as part of Phase III of NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, ICON said. The award builds on NASA’s and the Department of Defense’s previous funding for ICON’s Project Olympus. Under this project, the company carried out research and development of space-based construction systems to support lunar exploration and beyond. 

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Millennium Space Systems completes Missile Track Custody program’s critical design review

High-performing prototype and constellation solutions provider Millennium Space Systems, a Boeing Company, successfully completed the Critical Design Review for the U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Command’s Missile Track Custody (MTC) program mission payload, the company said.

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